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More Details on Recent Murder: Man Beaten to Death with Rocks and Skateboard

Santa Cruz Police are still looking for one suspect and have arrested five in the beating death of a homeless man.

Five people have been arrested for the alleged murder of a 51-year-old man who was beaten to death with a skateboard and rocks.

The victim and the suspects are homeless people who lived in camps along the railroad tracks between the water treatment plant and the Beach Boardwalk (see photo gallery).

The murder took place Friday night, before 11 p.m. and police have been investigating without a break since then. They were called by a person who heard the struggle, which was not far from the new Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and the soccer fields of Depot Park.

Arrested were Jeremiah Long, 26; Shaelyn Gonzales, 21, Michael Hudson, 41, Tina Anderson, 43 and Jason Welland, 31.

The victim's relatives haven't been found so his name isn't being released. A man camped near where the homicide occurred said he thought it was a man known as Charlie, a veteran, he said, who was divorced and recently homeless.

Police are investigating the motive for the attack. Deputy Chief Steve Clark said the weapons included a skateboard and rocks.

This is the city's third murder this year. The other two include Shannon Collins, who was stabbed to death by a transient while walking on Broadway just before noon on May 7, and Joey Mendoza, 13, who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting August 8.

Chanel Kay Weaver November 20, 2012 at 06:37 PM
These people are not evil. You have no idea what the circumstances were leading up to the situation, I do not know these people personally. To play them off as if they were low life scum is bullshit. I've known two of them for five years, and I proudly admit to them being my close friends. They are good people. Its is a shitty situation and am in no way condoning what happened, but they should not be considered evil.
Lisa November 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Chanel - First you say you "do not know these people personally" - and then you follow with the statement that 2 of them are your close friends. And, btw, you are the only person who has used the word "evil."
Don Gateley November 22, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Seems to me that five people who beat one man to death with rocks and skateboards have a mighty strong probability of being evil, low life, scum. Please don't come around here, Chanel.
Chris Jordan November 26, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Beat someone to death with a purse? That is EVIL!

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